Playing with Words | music, poetry and visuals at Splendor

Playing with Words | music, poetry and visuals at Splendor

Jun 10, 2022Jun 11, 2022
Splendor Amsterdam, Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 116, 1011 LX
16 euros (12,50 euros for CJP and Stadspas holders, 7,50 euros for students)

On June 10 and 11, Kalea and visual artist Phoebe Pryor are coming together at Splendor Amsterdam to present Playing with Words, a musical and visual journey through artistic and literary movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Live music and visuals - Playing with Words

Playing with Words was inspired by Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto, a fascinating film installation in which actor Cate Blanchett took on 13 different roles to represent 13 different manifestos of the 20th century. This work compelled them to devise a show with a similar concept, but this time told through music.

Kalea Playing with Words

They have taken poetry and writings from different artistic movements from early Romanticism to Post-modernism (including works by W.H. Auden, J.W. Goethe, Søren Kierkegaard, Filippo Marinetti, Ezra Pound, and Gertrude Stein, among many others) and have reimagined how they look and sound through original compositions, improvisation, and live drawing.


Kalea is an intriguing combination of flute, violin and cello that improvises and composes through classical, folk, and experimental music. Their sound is as daring and explorative as it is intimate and subtle, hoping to invite and challenge those they share music with.

Among them is prize-winner Anna Litvinenko. She was recently awarded the Start in Splendor Prize, which is part of the Dutch National Cello Competition. The prestigious prize is awarded on behalf of the aforementioned competition, as well as the renowned Amsterdam Cello Biënnale and Splendor Amsterdam.

Kalea will be joined by UK-based visual artist Phoebe Pryor for this special concert. The Kalea musicians are:

  • Katie MacDonald - flute
  • Beatriz Rola - violin
  • Anna Litvinenko - cello


Performance dates and times

The concert takes place on the following dates:

  • June 10 at 6pm and 9pm
  • June 11 at 3pm and 9pm

Get your tickets to Playing with Words

Get your tickets on the Splendor Amsterdam website. Adult tickets are 16 euros and for CJP and Stadspas holders, tickets are 12,50 euros. There's a special student ticket rate of 7,50 euros.

Playing with Words concert poster